AWI Short Film Competition


A short documentary that follows the story of Dillon, his experience with substance use disorder and his journey to improve his life and his community.

Content heads-up: Discussion of DUI, alcohol use, systemic racism, stigma

Director: Asha Alaji-Sharif

Asha Alaji-Sharif is a recent Howard University Graduate and Visual Artist from Atlanta, Georgia who enjoys telling stories through mediums ranging from paper to film. She released her first film, a feature documentary in 2019 titled, The New Black and has directed numerous music videos. She currently works as a Designer while dabbling in content creation, filmmaking and other art in her free time.

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Stigma is: Always untrue Always negative Can be felt toward yourself Stigma around mental illness includes having fixed ideas and judgments about mental illness and/or...

Substance Use Disorder

Substance abuse refers to the harmful use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and drugs. Substance use can lead to addiction and dependence, creating a condition...

Trauma & PTSD

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